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Cornish Flood Risk 'Could Last Months'

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5:30am 2nd January 2013
(Updated 5:30am 2nd January 2013)

Pirate FM has learnt Cornwall could be facing a flood risk till spring.

It is after one of the wettest summers ever and the downpours before Christmas which washed out more than a hundred homes in places like Helston and Millbrook.

Flood experts have told us the land will not have a chance to dry out for months.

Gina lives in Lostwithiel and tells us the whole town will come together to cope: "The atmosphere is great. People have been phoning asking me if I want any help moving furniture or possessions. There's been cups of tea - it's been a lovely atmosphere in a bad situation. That's what Lostwithiel's about really."

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Cornwall from 4am until 6pm on New Year's Eve.

The River Cober in Helston is on a flood warning and 10 flood alerts are in place from West Cornwall rivers to the Tamar.

Geoff Boyd from the Environment Agency, which has details of all the latest alerts, said: "The ground doesn't dry quickly in the winter period and I think now the ground conditions across huge swathes are so saturated that any significant rain fall will cause problems with perhaps broader flooding if the rain is very heavy."

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "Another spell of heavy, showery rain will affect the region on Thursday. Given the saturated nature of the ground following recent heavy rainfall, the public should be aware of the risk of further localised flooding and disruption to transport.

On Wednesday a rare landslip warning was issued, amid fears the torrential rain could trigger parts of the Cornish coast to collapse into the sea.

Officials are urging walker to take particular care on the southwest coast path.

Sky News weather expert Sarah Pennock said: "I haven't seen this sort of warning in the last five or six years, but you can understand why the Met Office has done this. We've had flooding throughout parts of the southwest and continued bands of low pressure continuing to track through."

5:30am 2nd January 2013

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